Johnny Cash honored in Starkville with Country Music Trail marker

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STARKVILLE, Ms. (WCBI) – It was a good day for Walk the line.

Starkville residents gathered for a special event honoring the life and music of country music star, Johnny Cash.

The Mississippi Country Music Trail Commission unveiled its 35th trail marker honoring the “Man in Black” for his song Starkville City Jail.

The marker is located at the corner of Jackson Street and Highway 182. This is the same location that Johnny Cash was arrested on May 11, 1965 for public drunkenness: the event that inspired the famous song.

Grammy-winning country music artist Marty Stuart attended the event and spoke briefly with WCBI about his relationship with Johnny Cash and what he would think of the tribute.

“He had a sense of humor because it wasn’t the greatest night of his life, but redemption was a big part of his life. So, I think he would understand that. His presence, even s ‘He’s been gone for almost 20 years now, still inspires people,’ Stuart said.

“Oh, that puts us on a whole new level. It gives us an international look because people who come to this marker come from all over the world. They follow Johnny Cash. He is an icon to so many people that it makes it incredibly special that Starkville can host an international group of people coming to our city and being part of our community. We are so excited,” said Mayor Lynn Spruill.

At the time of his arrest, Johnny Cash had just finished a gig at MSU and was staying with his band and June Carter Cash at the University Motel, which is still open today.

For more information on the Mississippi Country Music Trail, click here.

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